Blessed are the Poor in Spirit

Blessed are the poor in spirit; the kingdom of heaven is theirs. 

When the Lord speaks about the poor in spirit, He is speaking about those for whom there is no help or hope but God Himself.  God is the only hope for any of us, but when we have a lot of possessions, friends, and earthly protection, we are tempted to think that those are the things on which our spirits can ultimately rely.

But that is an illusion.  “Only in God be at rest, my soul; from Him comes my help and salvation.”  Today, nobody is more unsafe and unprotected than the child in the womb.  Though father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.  The unborn are the poorest of the poor, and God calls us to acknowledge and bless them.

Fr. Frank Pavone


Father Frank A. Pavone is an American Roman Catholic priest and pro-life activist. He is the National Director of Priests for Life and serves as the Chairman and Pastoral Director of Rachel's Vineyard.

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  • Desertwatch333

    I would add: “Blessed are the obedient in spirit” – those who obey their lawful superiors no matter how difficult, as have all the saints and martyrs of the Church..

  • jburt56

    It’s redemption.  He’s reaching down and pulling up.

  • JW

    You can’t add to the Scriptutes… Rev 22:18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book